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Doubt shrouds Czech IFV procurement programme

2nd April 2020 - 14:00 GMT | by Michal Jarocki in Warsaw

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The Czech Republic might delay or even cancel its programme to procure 210 new IFVs, which the country’s armed forces require urgently if they are to maintain combat capabilities.

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš announced recently that his government might have to consider postponement or even cancellation of the planned procurement, which is the top-priority modernisation programme for the Czech Armed Forces. 

‘The army can wait. We probably do not need infantry fighting vehicles immediately, but we need other things for this coronavirus war’, Babiš said on 17 March.

The programme has an estimated value of CZK50 billion ($1.9 billion).

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